Strictly Business: 12.2.20

4M Building Solutions has announced several staff promotions and a new hire. Scott Day was promoted to the position of district manager, Cara Clinton to regional coordinator, Johnny Vazquez to account manager and Julie Wesemann to division coordinator. Kamau Wilson was hired as account manager. The St. Louis-based company provides housekeeping and janitorial services for commercial clients.

Robert Driver has assumed the role of chief philanthropy officer for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He comes to the post from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was assistant vice chancellor of development. Driver began his professional career working for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 1989 and is a former member of the SLSO Chorus.

Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a network of more than 130 independent insurance agencies in the bistate area, has named A.J. Schrage to the post of sales development coach. He will focus on marketing efforts, agency growth and business development. Schrage formerly worked as a corporate attorney and genetics researcher.

Nestlé Purina PetCare has named a new chief executive officer for the Americas, Nina Leigh Krueger, the eighth person and first woman to fill the role. Krueger started with the company as an intern in 1993 while working on an MBA from Washington University, and she climbed the corporate ladder from there, serving most recently as president. She begins her new duties Jan. 1, 2021, and succeeds Joseph Sivewright, who is taking the post of chairman.

James Fogt was named to the newly created role of chief innovation officer at Harris-Stowe State University. He will spearhead development of the school’s new Center for Academic Innovation and Technology Transfer. Fogt has served as vice president for information technology services since 2013.

PierianDx, a clinical genomics technology startup, has tapped Mark McDonough for the position of chief executive officer, replacing interim CEO Joe Boorady. McDonough is the former CEO of biotechnology firm Immunis.AI. PierianDx provides a software platform for genomic analysis in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.

After nine years as president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis, Rev. Starsky Wilson is headed to Washington, D.C., to serve in the same roles for the Children’s Defense Fund. The two organizations are partners in a network of Freedom Schools, which operate on a platform of faith-based advocacy, character enrichment and civic engagement.


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